Miriam Adeney, Ph.D., is the author of over 200 articles and six books, including Kingdom Without Borders: The Untold Story of Global Christianity and Daughters of Islam: Building Bridges with Muslim Women. With an M.A. in Magazine Journalism and a Ph.D. in Anthropology, Miriam is a professor at Seattle Pacific University. She has been President of the American Society of Missiology, a member of the diaspora task force of the Lausanne Movement, a Mission Associate of the World Evangelical Alliance, and a recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Christians for Biblical Equality. She has served on the Boards of Christianity Today and Media Associates International, and has taught and mentored writers on five continents and in several languages. For several years she was publications director for the Philippine InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Miriam also lectures widely at universities and conferences.
Dr. Adeney is an anthropologist, missiologist, and author whose passions include global Christianity, world religions, gender, oral art genres, economic community development, Bible applications, multiethnic ministry, diasporas, training writers for publication, and preparing workers for cross-cultural living.
Ramez is General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt. He twice served as Vice-Chairman of the Lausanne Movement and was program chair for the Cape Town 2010 Congress.
Ramez was born in Egypt and immigrated with his family to Canada where he came to know the Lord personally and was discipled through the ministry of the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at McGill University in Montreal. After he graduated with a Masters Degree in Social Work from McGill and a Masters Degree in Divinity from Gordon-Conwell Seminary, Ramez and Rebecca moved back to Montreal to lead the French Student Ministry of IVCF (GBU).
In 1980 they moved to Egypt where Ramez served as the Regional Secretary of the IFES. In 1990 Ramez was appointed as the General Director of the Bible Society of Egypt, the post which he holds until now.
Davis Bunn has sales in excess of seven million copies in 20 languages, has appeared on numerous national bestseller lists, and his titles have been Main or Featured Selections with every major US book club. Davis serves as Writer-In-Residence at Regent’s Park College, Oxford University. In 2011, his novel Lion of Babylon was named a Best Book of the Year by Library Journal. The sequel, Rare Earth, won Davis his fourth Christy Award for Excellence in Fiction in 2013. In 2014, Davis was inducted into the Christy Hall of Fame.
Barine Kirimi is Global Publishing Development Coordinator for the United Bible Societies, with more than 18 years’ experience in publishing, capacity building and strategic consulting. He has a passion for training writers and publishers and is the founding director of the Publishing Institute of Africa, a capacity building organization for writers and publishers. Barine holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration, and is a member of the Association for Talent Development (ATD), formerly the American Society for Training & Development.
Cindy Riggins is president of Mosaic Rights Management and has 25 years international rights management experience. After serving as the international rights director for 10 years at Thomas Nelson, she founded Riggins International in 2003 (now known as Mosaic Rights Management) to help other companies sell and manage their rights. Through her career she has been responsible for over 8,000 international licenses, which have reached millions of lives with Christian books in their own language. She is a frequent speaker at industry events on the subject of rights, such as at the Christian Booksellers Association MarketSquare workshops and ECPA Publishing University.
Maurício Zágari is a Brazilian editor, writer, theologian, translator and journalist. He is the author of nine published books and has edited about 90 books by original authors. He wrote the studies and commentaries of a study Bible, and has translated 20 books from English to Portuguese. Maurício took part in the revision committee of the Nova Versão Transformadora (New Transforming Version), a Portuguese translation of the Bible by Mundo Cristão. He writes regularly on Christian life on his blog, Apenas (Just), which has more than 4.2 million views. Maurício is a member of Igreja Cristã Nova Vida (New Life Christian Church) in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro. He is married to Alessandra, and they have one daughter.
Dan started in Christian publishing in 1983 and over the last 30+ years has been involved in the business side of the industry in marketing, sales, foreign and domestic rights management, audio books, digital publishing, and acquisitions.
A significant amount of his experience was with Tyndale House Publishers from the early 90’s to the mid-2000’s. While there, Dan developed a wide-ranging perspective on the industry, taken from involvement with hundreds of authors, thousands of books and a love for the business.
He joined The Steve Laube Agency in July 2013 and works with authors of non-fiction exclusively. In 2016, he and a business partner started Gilead Publishing, a publisher of Christian-themed fiction. Dan serves as president and publisher of the company.
Dan served on the executive board of the Evangelical Christian Publisher’s Association, the trade association for Christian publishers in the U.S. In addition, he is a founding member of the advisory board of the Christy Awards and is involved in training and mentoring Christian publishers around the world through MAI.
Joyce is finance and accounting director of OMF Literature, Inc., one of the largest Christian publishers in the Philippines.
Tim has been president of Credo Communications, a literary agency, and publisher of Credo House Publishers, an independent book publisher, since 2005. He has also been an adjunct professor of publishing, editing and professional writing at Cornerstone University since 1989. Tim began his publishing career as an editor at HarperCollins Christian Publishing. After 25 years of working for other publishers, large and small, Tim started his own companies. As president and publisher today, Tim works closely with authors and publishers, bringing words to life.
Andrew Pang is president of Design Business Chamber Singapore and founder of business design consultancy Lavaworks. He also manages Egg Creatives, an integrated design agency with presence in Singapore and China. Backed by a mix of design flair, commercial acumen and analytical skills, Andrew is well regarded among his peers as an influential thought leader. A strong advocate of the local design industry, Andrew played an active role in the Singapore Furniture Industries Council (SFIC) and was the vice-chairman of the Design Advisory Committee. During that time, he conceived and co-chaired SingaPlural – the anchor event of Singapore Design Week. Andrew was also a representative at DesignSingapore’s Industry Development Panel which looked into the development of Singapore’s design industry. Impassioned with nurturing young minds, he taught as an adjunct lecturer in Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts and served as a member of the Board of Examiners for the Building and Construction Authority (BCA).
Nate Butler worked for more than 20 years as a cartoonist, commercial artist, and writer/illustrator of comics. His former company, The Nate Butler Studio, Inc. produced artwork for clients such as Jim Henson Productions, Children's Television Workshop, DC Comics, and King Features Syndicate, as well as script writing and artwork for Archie and Marvel Comics.
Nate has worked on over a dozen internationally known characters such as The Muppets, Jughead, Popeye, Heathcliff, Bugs Bunny, Tiny Toons, Mighty Mouse, Rocky & Bullwinkle, Snuffy Smith, Animated Batman, The Jetsons, Berenstain Bears, Tom & Jerry, and more.
Nate is now President of COMIX35, a Christian nonprofit offering consultations, coaching, and classes on the production and effective use of comics-style literature on every continent for the past 20 years.
Laniakea Culture Collective is the ministry founded in 2014 by husband-and-wife team Aaron Lee and Namiko Chan Takahashi, whose lives have been profoundly shaped by many years of practicing art and Aloha. They are based in Singapore and Hawaii. Namiko is a multi-disciplinary artist with a practice in contemporary portraiture. She has exhibited widely and her works are in private and public collections around the world, including the National Gallery of Singapore. She is also the director of a Hawaiian Hula Dance school. Aaron is a bi-vocational pastor, writer and editor and community organizer. He works for a technology startup in the artificial intelligence space. Aaron and Namiko love to help people discover and pursue their calling to the creative life.
Michael and his wife, Elspeth, worked for 16 years with independent Christian publisher, Certeza Argentina. Both their daughters were born in Buenos Aires. Michael was a founding director of Wild magazine and is currently the national director of SparkLit (formerly the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge Australia). With SparkLit Michael is able to do globally what he did locally in Latin America: nurture emerging indigenous Christian publishers. Michael loves books, mountaineering and bird watching.
Cindy is a bestselling author and has written over twenty books of fiction and nonfiction including: Beautiful (2010 Christy Award Finalist for YA and 2011 Revolve YA Tour Book of the Year), The Salt Garden (2004 Library Journal’s Best Genre Books), Song of the Brokenhearted (co-author Sheila Walsh, 2013 ECPA bestseller), Orchid House (2008 ECPA bestseller); and Winter Passing (2001 Christy Award Finalist and Romantic Times Reader’s Choice Finalist).
As a co-author, Cindy has worked on projects with celebrities, musicians, non-profit organizations, and a former KGB spy. One recent project hit #1 on Amazon.com.
Cindy is a mother to five children ages three to twenty-six. She lives near Seattle, Washington.
Keila Ochoa Harris is a wife of one, a mother of two, and a teacher of about 80 middle schoolers. She teaches Bible in an international school and loves writing. She has published more than 16 books in Spanish, including children books, devotionals, inspiration for women and fiction. She loves fiction more than anything else, and loves inhabiting the past, the present and fantasy worlds.
Sean Harrison has been active in Christian publishing for over two decades, both as an editor of devotional and Bible-study products, and as a developer and trainer of publishing technology and the product development process. Sean served at Tyndale House Publishers from 1997 to 2015 as an editor of Bible-related content; highlights of his editorial career include serving as the general editor for the NLT Study Bible and the Illustrated Study Bible, NLT, and editing One Year® devotional Bibles and books. In 2015 he founded Book Genesis, Inc., through which he provides consulting, training and product development services to help publishers improve their publishing processes and systems. Sean loves publishing Bible-related content, the technologies of publishing, and helping his colleagues learn to enjoy doing their work better. He also enjoys photography, writing, studying Russian, and playing music with family and friends.
Jeff Crosby is an organizational leader who loves connecting authors and their ideas to thoughtful, engaged readers throughout the world. He is Publisher at InterVarsity Press, a Chicago-area company where he has worked since January of 1998, and a Vice President of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA. Previously, he was executive director of the Association of Logos Bookstores and served as a vice president of sales with Ingram Book Company in Nashville, Tennessee. His writing has appeared in Books & Culture, Conversations Journal, Marriage Partnership, Englewood Review of Books and book industry trade journals including Publishers Weekly. He is the editor and compiler of Days of Grace through the Year, a collection of meditations drawn from the work of Lewis B. Smedes, published in 2007.
Hoe Fang Fong has been actively engaged in the design, advertising, publishing and off-set printing industries for more than 3 decades, including print-on-demand (POD) and large format printing technologies and processes since the early 1990s.
He has worked with large and small presses, and has hands-on experience with POD machines from Xerox, Hewlett Packard, Konica and Risograph as well as binding and finishing equipment for both offset and POD books.
He currently runs a small independent publishing imprint, Ethos Books, which focuses on producing poetry, fiction and creative non-fiction books for trade.
Married with a son and a daughter, he continues his quest to tell compelling social stories that would grab the hearts and minds of readers and galvanize them into positive action for the community.
Daniela Encheva is managing editor of Leah, a magazine for Bulgarian women who believe in God. Besides serving in the small publishing department of Mission Possible, Bulgaria, Daniela speaks at women’s events and conferences. Most of her knowledge about writing, organizing materials and leading people she has gained from experts and professionals via MAI. God has enabled Daniela to manage the only Christian women’s magazine in the country for the last 20 years, for His glory. She dreams of a movement of women who are not afraid of Bulgaria’s post-communist reality, but are rising to impact their nation for Him.
José Carlos is a graphic designer for ADC Global Creativity, where he designs packaging, illustrations of people and products. José Carlos is also a freelance designer and illustrator. His comics have won several international awards, including the first International Christian Comics Competition in 2005, organized by Comix 35. He later served on staff with Comix 35 in 2010 as director of public relations for Spanish-language projects. Jose Carlos’ comics and illustrations have been published in Prisma magazine in Mexico and Timazi Magazine in Kenya. He has illustrated Christian books for youth by Keila Ochoa Harris and Tim Ferguson. José Carlos and his wife are involved in their church, where he creates comics for summer VBS and designs for the missions program.
Simon David Hunter is a writer, director and producer of films, TV and novels. He is executive chairman of the International Screen Academy (ISA) and film producer of the Myth Film Company. He has written for NBC USA, Columbia Tristar TV USA, Nine Network Australia, Fred Silverman Productions USA, and numerous other production companies in the USA and Australia. He is the writer and director of the feature film, "The Custodian." Simon's novel, "EDEN" is now available from Amazon. He has numerous projects currently in development and under contract.
Randy Jahns has been in leadership positions within Christian publishing for 35 years, specializing in sales, marketing, licensing, ministry, Bible publishing and production. He is currently senior vice president of ministry and licensing for Crossway, and an associate publisher who helps select new titles for publication.
As a Canadian-born Chinese, Hannah began her time in Asia serving as a tent-making missionary in China. She built a colorful career in advertising before leaving the corporate world in 2013. Since then she’s been applying her skills to help non-profit organizations, Christian ministries, and small businesses set up their organizational structure and marketing/communications activities. In 2016, she published her first book, Wherever You Go: A Conversation About Life, Faith, and Courage. It’s formatted as an email conversation based on her own life experiences and is aimed at challenging the next generation to a deeper, more fulfilled life in Christ. Stemming from topics featured in the book, she has built a public speaking platform that further allows the message to extend to a wider audience. Hannah is currently based in Hong Kong.
Emily is author of more than 30 children’s titles, ranging from picture books to social studies readers and illustrated e-titles. Her books have been turned into Apps, animation, theater and published in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, China and Korea. Emily became the first author outside North America to receive three IPPY medals and the first in Southeast Asia to receive the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, when she self-published her 1st four titles under her Mustard Seed Books imprint. She was named Mediacorp Singapore Woman Award 2013 Honoree for inspiring readers through her writing and her memoir Finding My Voice: A true story of setbacks, new beginnings and toy characters. The book chronicles her journey from losing her voice due to a rare illness to finding faith and a new voice in writing children’s books.
Martin Manser is a professional reference book editor. He has compiled or edited more than 200 reference books, particularly Bible-reference titles, English-language dictionaries and business-skills books. He is also a Language Trainer and Consultant with national companies and organizations.
Lekan Otufodunrin is a very passionate journalist and media career development specialist in Nigeria. He is currently Managing Editor of Online and Special Publications with The Nation, Nigeria’s leading national daily newspapers. Lekan is also founder of Journalists for Christ and has trained and mentored multiple journalists and writers in Africa.
He is a Trustee of MAI-Africa, Secretary of the Africa Region of the World Association for Christian Communication (WACC) and Fellow of the Bloomberg African Leadership Initiative Media Fellowship.
Yna is publications director of OMF Literature Inc., where she has been serving for more than 25 years. She also helps nurture writers through the Christian Writers’ Fellowship that meets quarterly at OMF Lit. Yna has led MAI editorial trainings in Sri Lanka, Thailand and Cambodia. She has also trained editors from Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia in two-week internships hosted by OMF Lit at their head office in Manila. Yna started as book editor at OMF Lit and developed its children’s book brand, Hiyas. She has also written three children's books. Before joining OMF Literature, Yna was a staff worker of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IVCF), the Philippine counterpart of the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students (IFES).
Sam Richardson is the Chief Executive of SPCK, which is Britain’s oldest Christian publisher founded in 1698. Under Sam's leadership SPCK has won Christian Publisher of the Year and Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year in the UK, and Sam himself was voted Young Publisher of the Year. He is a big believer that Christian publishers are strongest working together, and he led the merger which resulted in IVP-UK becoming a subsidiary of SPCK. Sam studied Politics at Cambridge University and started his publishing career as a graduate trainee at HarperCollins before being promoted to run their religious publishing. Then he moved on to Hodder & Stoughton where he oversaw a broad non-fiction list, and subsequently moved to SPCK.
Ardy is a best-selling author, an award-winning entrepreneur and sought-after speaker. He has authored eight books including the #1 national best-selling book, Ang Pera na Hindi Bitin. His other books include The Heart of Healing, which won a Gintong Aklat Award for Best Inspirational Book. His latest book, Real Men are POGI – How to be Handsome in God’s Eyes, also became a top 5 best-seller in National Bookstore.
Ardy graduated from and attended Ateneo de Manila, Sophia University (Tokyo), Asian Institute of Management, Stanford University (California) and at the Mt. Carmel School of Ministry in (Haifa, Israel). Ardy co-founded two top training and learning events companies, Salt & Light Ventures, Inc. and Inspire Leadership Consultancy, Inc., and was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs as well as the Microsoft Most Inspiring Entrepreneur awardee in 2006.
Ardy is one of Go Negosyo‘s teaching Angelpreneurs, traveling the country teaching and coaching Filipinos how to have the Success Mindsets of Entrepreneurs. He is also a writer at heart and as the founder of Project Author workshops, teaches aspiring authors how to write and get their books published.
Ardy is also an alumnus and international facilitator at the Haggai Leadership Institute in Maui, Hawaii.
Ramon is director of publisher development at MAI. He leads MAI training to strengthen Christian publishing in underserved areas of the world. As former CEO of OMF Literature, Inc., in the Philippines, Ramon led it to become one of the nation's largest Christian publishing houses. He was an entrepreneur for 12 years before entering the publishing industry. Ramon holds an MBA and a BS in Business Economics. He is the author of Profit & Purpose: A global publisher's guide for financial sustainability (2018) and The Christian Publisher: Strong in the storm.
Joy Solina is editorial manager of Church Strengthening Ministry (CSM) in the Philippines, where she has worked for the past 20 years. Prior to this position, she worked in the production, layout and design departments. Her editorial baptism by fire was handling the True Love Waits curriculum project in 2000, which also launched a nationwide sexual purity movement for young people. Joy has served as missions chairman in her church and as coordinator of the National Youth Missions Movement. When freed from meetings and paperwork, she escapes to undisturbed reading, journaling and listening to classical music.
Bishop Emeritus Robert Solomon served as Bishop of The Methodist Church in Singapore from 2000-2012. He had served previously as a medical doctor, church pastor, principal of Trinity Theological College and president of the National Council of Churches of Singapore. Dr Solomon has degrees in medicine, theology, intercultural studies, and a PhD in pastoral theology from the University of Edinburgh. He has contributed many articles to books, theological dictionaries and journals, and authored more than 30 books, including The Race, The Conscience, The Enduring Word, The Virtuous Life, The Sermon of Jesus, Apprenticed to Jesus, The Trinity and the Christian Life, and The Reformation. He now has an active itinerant ministry of preaching and teaching in Singapore and abroad.
ChinKar is Publisher of Write Editions and Word Editions, imprints of JMatrix Consulting, a publishing and communications company based in Singapore. A keen observer of social-economic developments, and a student of information economics, ChinKar has over 20 years of experience in publishing, public relations and strategic communication in the business, government and non-profit sectors.
Soo-Inn is a director of Graceworks, a training and publishing consultancy committed to promoting spiritual friendship in church and society. He runs this ministry in partnership with his wife, Bernice. Bernice and Soo-Inn have four sons.
Soo-Inn has a BDS from the University of Singapore, a ThM in New Testament from Regent College, Vancouver, and a DMin from Fuller Seminary. His primary passions include connecting the Word of God to the struggles of daily life, and the promotion of the discipline of spiritual friendship.
Jeremy Weber is deputy managing editor at Christianity Today, where he leads an international team of journalists producing award-winning religion news focused on evangelical/Protestant Christianity for a monthly magazine and daily website serving Christian thought leaders. CT reaches 150,000 readers in print and 5 million online monthly, with 1/3 coming outside the US, and was named the best religion magazine of 2017 by both the Evangelical Press Association (EPA) and the Religion News Association (RNA). Based in Chicago, Jeremy has recently reported from India, Lebanon, Iraq, Cuba, and South Sudan, and in 2017 received 1st place reporting awards from both EPA and RNA. He graduated from Wheaton College (IL), and has worked at CT for 10 years. He and his wife Carolin were avid Argentine tango dancers until their son arrived in 2016, joined by a daughter in July.
As daughter of missionary parents, award-winning author and journalist Jeanette Windle grew up in the rural villages, jungles, and mountains of Colombia, now guerrilla hot zones. Her detailed research and writing is so realistic that it has prompted government agencies to question her to determine if she has received classified information. Currently based in Lancaster, PA, Jeanette has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty on five continents. Those experiences have birthed 16 international intrigue titles, including bestselling Veiled Freedom (2010 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christy Award finalist), Freedom's Stand, (2012 ECPA Christian Book Award/Carol Award finalist), and Congo Dawn (2013 Golden Scroll Novel of the Year) and such non-fiction titles as 2016 ECPA Christian Book Award/Christian Retailing Best Awards finalist Forgiven: The Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, a Mother’s Love, and a Story of Remarkable Grace and All Saints. Jeanette mentors developing-nation writers in both English and Spanish on all five continents. To learn more, visit www.jeanettewindle.com.
Pusonnam Yiri is the founder and president of Nachau Turomale Centre LTD near Jos, Nigeria, where he trains local Christian leaders to write and publish. He is the author of Local Thinking (2018), and a series of four motivational books: Blindness of the Mind, Slavery of the Mind, Storms of the Mind and Injuries of the Mind. Pusonnam has started publishing books of Nigerian authors, aiming to produce practical titles with local content. He has also served as a trainer for MAI. He has a diploma in Mass Communications from the University of Jos, BA in Missions/Evangelism from ECWA Theological Seminary, Jos (JETS) and an MTh in Systematic Theology from the Theological College of Northern Nigeria, Bukuru (TCNN).